It is hard to believe that it was almost ten years ago I witnessed a CNC router in action for the very first time. I was fascinated and simply had to have one! Although I had been in the creative end of the three dimensional sign business for most of my life I didn't really know what I would do with one of these machines - but I just knew it could do fantastic stuff.

Along with the CNC router I discovered the wonderful material called Precision Board and the glues, primers and other companion products they offer. Since then we have gone through many tons of the material using it in most signs and projects we tackle. This journal will chronicle our many adventures both past, present and future. I'll talk from the perspective of someone who pushes these products to the creative limit on a daily basis. I'll be adding to the stories two or three times each week. -dan

Monday, March 19, 2012

Quiet here, busy there

The last two weeks have gone by in a blur. With two different workshops in ten days we've put in a tremendous amount of hours, but little actual routing time. This week things will kick back into regular mode.

The Sculpting Magic Workshop was great fun. We had a great deal to accomplish in the few days we were  in the shop. We had routed sample pieces to learn the painting techniques as well as the backing plates for the dinosaur sculptures each of our guests would sculpt.

We sculpted a variety of panels in fiberglass reinforced concrete. Each student learned how to sculpt brick, rocks and smooth to knarly wood grains.

The toughest challenge of the workshop was to weld up, wire and sculpt a twisted tree. Under my watchful eye each student did a wonderful job.

Our group was small but the enthusiasm and willingness to tackle many tasks previously not thought possible made for some wonderful projects. I look forward to seeing many cool projects from each of these guys in the near future.